Jonathan Schaech will see his career escalate to new heights in 1999 as one of the hottest young talents in Hollywood today. Born and raised in Edgewood, Maryland, Schaech entered the University of Maryland to study economics but abruptly changed career paths, leaving the intended life as a lawyer behind in Baltimore and moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Upon his arrival, Schaech sought out and studied with famed coach Roy London for four years.
1998 was a breakthrough year for Jonathan as he starred in five very different roles. He costarred with Jessica Lange and Gwyneth Paltrow in the Tristar thriller, Hush. He also appeared in Welcome to Woop Woop for director Stephan Elliot(The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)as an irresistible New York con man who flees to Australia hoping to escape his troubles.
Last fall, Jonathan was seen in two films which hit the festival circuit. The Toronto Film Festival entry Graceland, opposite Harvey Keitel in the story of an eccentric drifter (Keitel), claiming to be Elvis Presley. He also starred opposite Guy Pearce and Emily Lloyd in the director Roberta Hanley's Woundings, which appeared at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. Also, in December, Jonathan appeared as the legendary Harry Houdini in Harry Houdini, directed by Pen Densham (Moll Flanders), which aired on TNT.
Schaech took a giant leap from his first small role in Webber's 15 Minutes, to a leading man in Franco Zefferelli's The Sparrow, which was filmed in Sicily and released internationally. He then starred in Greg Araki's The Doom Generation and landed the role of Winona Ryder's love interest in How to make an American Quilt. Jonathan also starred as the serious-minded lead singer and song writer Jimmy, in the Tom Hanks scripted and directed film That Thing You Do.
Jonathan is quickly earning a reputation as one of the most sought after actors of his generation.